Shore Excursions in Milwaukee

With the Great Lakes containing 21% of the world’s surface fresh water, it’s no wonder why cruising the Great Lakes has become a cruising bucket list item. Luxury cruising on the legendary waters of the Great Lakes offer breathtaking shorelines and wildlife and the chance to discover Milwaukee through shore excursions.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours has been hosting visitors traveling to Milwaukee on culinary and sightseeing tours for 13 years. As the premier provider of shore excursions for ships docking in Milwaukee, it’s important for us to create quality shore excursions for passengers disembarking in Milwaukee.

Make it count!

Our goal on every tour is to show you Milwaukee as if it’s your first and last chance to see the city. There’s no time to waste as a result of your limited time, so let true Milwaukee’s with a passion for the city show you around. Passengers disembark to German polka music and get their first up-close glimpse of Milwaukee’s stunning skyline. One guest recently shared upon seeing the city, “I’m 80 years old and embarrassed that I waited so long to visit Milwaukee!”

Your Milwaukee Bucket List:

Milwaukee has plenty of randomly awesome and iconic spots, and we’ve scoped out the best of them for you! One of the best ways to quickly see Milwaukee is by arranging for a private Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits shore excursion. You haven’t seen Milwaukee until you’ve seen it through the eyes of a local Milwaukeean. This is your chance for an action-packed 3-6 hour custom tour to visit those spots that made Milwaukee famous!  Sample cheese, frozen custard and beer, visit the Bronze Fonz, snap some selfies, and become the ultimate tourist in Milwaukee!

Sightseeing 101

Many times, cruise ships arrange for a Milwaukee Highlights Sightseeing Tour for their passengers to participate in. It’s a great way to see the key highlights of downtown Milwaukee and Brew City. See the iconic white suspension bridge and Burke Brise Soleil meant to represent the sails of a Viking ship, climb to the top of the North Point Lighthouse, and souvenir shop in the Historic Third Ward. If your ship hasn’t arranged for this tour for you, don’t worry! Just use the Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus any Friday, Saturday or Sunday to see the city, or we can arrange a private shore excursion for your group of 2 or more.

The Home That Beer Built.

Brewing was a huge part of our history in Milwaukee and it remains important today with more than 25 craft and regional breweries available to visit. Map out your brewery visit, or allow us to plan your beer focused day in Milwaukee.

One of our favorite ways to show off the city is with a themed Bikes, Brats & Beer tour. We begin with a guided Harley Davidson Museum tour highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from garage start-up to iconic global brand. Delve into Milwaukee’s legendary beer heritage and stop at Miller Brewing for a beer or grab a brat on Old World 3rd Street. See the family mansions of Milwaukee beer barons and step inside “the home that beer built” – The Pabst Mansion.

Besides the Bikes, Brats & Beer tour, Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers guided bus, streetcar and walking food tours in Milwaukee on a near daily basis. Guests can reserve their seat by visiting the tour calendar at Milwaukee Food & City Tours. From Milwaukee’s ethnic traditions to farm-to-table award winning restaurants, you’ll love discovering Milwaukee’s diverse dining scene with us!


From Milwaukee’s Lakefront and beyond, downtown Milwaukee is incredibly walkable and friendly. One of the most frequent comments we hear from passengers is, “This city is SO friendly and clean!” Are you ready to ride Milwaukee’s brand new streetcar through multiple neighborhoods with 50 restaurants at your fingertips? Are you looking to snap the perfect Milwaukee selfie? No matter which dock your ship ports at in Milwaukee, find your way to Old World 3rd Street or the Historic Third Ward. There you can create your own self-guided excursion complete with great places to stop for food, culture and shopping along the Riverwalk.

If you are looking to schedule a guided experience, let us highlight many of the can’t-miss Milwaukee hotspots. Unique walking tours available for public or private hire include:
Around the Ward in 90 Minutes
InstaMKE (led by a professional photographer)
Streetcar History Tour
MKE Art Walk (led by a local artist and designed to explore the largest contemporary urban art exhibition in the world)

Each city tour ends with a sweet treat and involve about 1.25 miles of low-impact walking. Be sure to reserve your spot at Milwaukee City Tours in advance of your arrival. If one of those public tours doesn’t match up with the time you are in Milwaukee, we are happy to arrange for a private shore excursion.

Scheduling a Shore Excursion of Milwaukee

Let Milwaukee Food & City Tours make your visit to the Great Lakes incredible! Maximize your time and budget by allowing us to organize your shore excursion in Milwaukee. Pick the day and time that works best for you, call us at 262-853-5239, and we’ll handle the rest.